The Appropriate Translation

By Craig Bluemel




Over the years, many of my faithful readers have pleaded with me to provide them with The Appropriate Translation.  Well brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, here is the first addition.  It takes me many hours to retranslate, and I only do so as applicable to studies or articles I am researching. 


This is a literal, expanded, and emphasized translation.  Words {bracketed} are not in the original language, but added for readability, but within reasonable translation rules.  The (parenthesis words) reflect the original languages and their meanings, but formatted this way for specification. 


I recommend you save this file as a Microsoft Word file, and add new verses as you see them in my studies posted online. Some of you may find some scriptures online in studies that are not listed here, and if so, please inform me, so I can update this version. 


Enjoy and God bless!  Craigo


The Appropriate Translation – Old Testament


Psalms 51:11 “Do not cast me away from Your countenance, and do not take away (from me) the consecrated place (in my life) set apart for a sacred use by your spirit.”   TAT


Psalm 110:3 Your spiritually unified maternal flock will present themselves as a spontaneous abundant gift, at the time your strong army, arrayed in the magnificent ornaments of sanctity, originating out of the compassionate womb, breaking forth to painstakingly search in the direction of your male offspring, which are spread out as the dew of the morning.  TAT


Isaiah 63:9 In all of their tight places of trouble the messenger of His multifaceted presence was dispatched to save them.” 


Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled and offended His consecrated vessel by arousing him to feelings of anger; so he turned himself against them as an enemy, and he fought against them.


Isaiah 63:11-12 Then his people recalled the times in the past, the days of Moses and his countrymen-- where is he who brought them up out of the sea, with the shepherd of his flock?  Where is he who put his wind into motion by divine breath, namely his holy vessel in the midst of them, who sent his glorious arm of power to be at Moses' right hand, which divided the waters before them, to gain for him everlasting renown? 


The Appropriate Translation – New Testament


Matthew 1:18 “… before they came together for conjugal relations she was found to be holding within her at that time a consecrated life (spirit).”  TAT


Matthew 1:20 “…because in her is procreated that which has its origin for the purpose of existing as a consecrated life (spirit).  TAT


Matthew 3:11 "I baptize you with water for repentance.  But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry.  He will immerse you in a morally blameless (undefiled) spirit and fire.”  TAT


Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up from a horizontal position {and} away from the water, and lo, unto him the sky was opened up, and he saw the spirit of God descending as if a dove and falling all around him.  TAT


Matthew 3:17 And lo, a voice from out of the sky saying, “This is my son, the dearly beloved, of whom I approve (think well of).  TAT


Matthew 12:32 “And whoever says something, which is an expression of his thoughts against the son of man, it shall be sent away from (forgiven) him; but whoever has a desire to speak against the consecrated spirit {of the glorified Messiah}, it shall not be sent away from (forgiven) him, not even in this Messianic age nor in that about to be suffered.” TAT


Author’s Note: Matthew 28:19 has two possible renderings; both are correct and applicable.


Matthew 28:19 Therefore, go from one place to another making disciples of all the races and non-Jewish (Gentile) tribes, submerging and overwhelming them into the belief, profession and observance of the name, for the purpose of knowing the character & authority of the Father, and of the son, and of the consecrated life (toú Hagíou Pneúmatos).”  TAT


Matthew 28:19 Therefore, go from one place to another making disciples of all the races and non-Jewish (Gentile) tribes, submerging and overwhelming them into the belief, profession and observance of the name, for the purpose of knowing the character & authority of the Father, and of the son, and of the morally blameless (undefiled) life.”  TAT


Mark 1:10 And coming up out of the water from a horizontal position he saw the sky divided (split and opened), and the spirit, in the manner of a dove descending into him.  TAT


Mark 1:11 And a voice came into being from out of the sky, “You, you are my son, the dearly beloved, in whom I approbate (approve by acting in your favor).”  TAT


Mark 1:12 and at once, the spirit threw him out of {this environment} into the wilderness (lonely place).  TAT


Mark 12:36a David himself said in the sacred breath, ‘The Supreme in authority said to my master {meaning Messiah}…”  TAT


Luke 1:15 For he will be great in the sight of or in the mind, purpose and judgment of the Lord.  He is never to take wine or other fermented liquor, and he will be supplied with a morally blameless spirit originating out of or from the inmost being of his mother.  TAT


Luke 1:35 “A consecrated spirit shall come upon you (to help you), and the achieving (miraculous) power of the Most High shall envelope you in a haze of brilliancy; as a result therefore, the procreation of the holy thing shall be called God’s son.”  TAT


Luke 1:41 And it came to pass after Elizabeth heard Mary's personal greeting, the unborn infant moved (as the quickening of a fetus) in her abdomen, and Elizabeth was imbued with sacred breath (i.e. – what she spoke was influenced by God).  TAT


Luke 1:67 And his father Zacharias was imbued with a sacred (consecrated) breath and spoke under divine inspiration, saying… TAT


Luke 2:25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man had a disposition to execute justice and being watchful on all sides; examining carefully all the circumstances that may affect {his} determination, for he was waiting (with confidence & patience) for the invitation {of the Messiah} to come alongside Israel; and a spirit of consecration was resting upon and around him.  TAT


Luke 2:26 And it had been divinely intimated to him, as he remained under the purpose(s) of the consecrated spirit hat he would not experience death prior to him seeing the Lord's Anointed (one).  TAT


Luke 3:16 John responded saying to all, “Indeed, I submerge you with water; on the other hand, one comes more forcibly than I; of whom I am not fit (in character) to loosen the strap of his sandals; he shall overwhelm (saturate) you, being in the condition of an undefiled spirit.”  TAT


Luke 3:22 And the perfect (consecrated) spirit descended physically {in full} view, a dove upon him, and a voice from out of the sky came into being, “You are my son, the beloved, in you I approve (think well of).”  TAT


Luke 4:1a But Jesus, being covered by a consecrated spirit, returned from the Jordan…TAT


Luke 11:13 “If you therefore, so pressed by your daily toil for subsistence, have come to exist as being in a state of anguish, {yet still} know how to give good presents to your children, how much greater in degree will the Father, out of the eternal and consummately perfect realm give a morally blameless life to those who ask and continue to ask Him!”  AMP


Author’s Note on John 1:1-5: Because of the controversy foisted by proponents of the doctrine of the trinity, I have provided some additional information concerning John 1:1 thru John 1:5, including some of the Greek-to-English translation tools, a comparison to the King James Version of the text, and three different formats in which these verses of scripture are rendered.  The bottom line is simplicity and while I do not consider my translation to be perfect, with confidence I say it is simple and conveys the heart of what the apostle John wrote.  Once completed, The Appropriate Translation was then compared to no less than twelve translations for its viability with regard to the choice of words used and there was consistency in nearly every case.  No Bible translation is perfect or inerrant because God entrusts His word into the hands of fallible man.  I am certainly open to correction and instruction by those whose views are more in conformity with those of the Father.


John 1:1 At first the news was spreading {everywhere} and the news was about God being close at hand and God was involved in what was being said.  TAT


John 1:2 This same {message spoken} started when God was close at hand.  TAT


John 1:3 Everyone was being drawn through {this message}; however, none of those being drawn was able to come apart from Him {God}.  TAT


John 1:4 In it {the message} was {felt} a genuine spiritual life and this spiritual life came to men by revelation of the truth.  TAT


John 1:5 And the revelation of the truth was appearing amid the obscurity and dimness {caused by sin}, and the obscurity and dimness {caused by sin} could not grasp what it meant. TAT


Greek to English Translation John 1:1-1:5

John 1:1 En archeé eén ho logos At first the news was spoken {everywhere} kaí ho logos eén pros ton Theón and the news was about God being close at hand kaí Theos and God eén was {involved} in ho logos what was being said. TAT Interlinear


John 1:2 Hoútos eén en archeé This same {message} started. prós tón Theón when God was close at hand.  TAT Interlinear


John 1:3 Pánta di autoú egéneto Everyone was being drawn through {this message} kaí choorís autoú egéneto oudé hén hó gégonen however, none of those being drawn was able to come apart from Him {God}.  TAT Interlinear


John 1:4 En autoó zooeé eén In it {the message} was {felt} a genuine spiritual life kaí hee zooeé eén tó Foós toón anthroópoon and this spiritual life came to men by revelation of the truth. TAT Interlinear


John 1:5 Kaí tó Foós en teé skotía faínei And the knowledge of the truth shines in the obscurity and dimness of sin kaí hee skotía autó ou katélaben and dimness of sin,  did not eagerly lay hold of and seize possession of it.  TAT Interlinear


King James Version John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 The same was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.  5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  KJV


The Appropriate Translation John 1:1-5 At first the news was spreading {everywhere} and the news was about God being close at hand and God was involved what was being said.  2 This same {message} started when God was close at hand.  3 Everyone was being drawn through {this message}; however, none of those being drawn was able to come apart from Him {God}.  4 In it {the message} was {felt} a genuine spiritual life and this spiritual life came to men by revelation of the truth.  5 And the revelation of the truth was appearing amid the obscurity and dimness {caused by sin}, and the obscurity and dimness {caused by sin} could not grasp what it meant.   (TAT)


John 1:12 Yet as many make him their own, to them he gives the right to become children of God, even to those who are believing in his name,


John 1:13 who were (past tense) begotten (gennao), not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.  TAT


John 1:14 So then it came about that the experiential knowledge {of him} was expressed in {our} human flesh, pitching a tent in us, and we give careful, deliberate consideration to interpret the vision of his glory, a glory as of an only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.  TAT


John 1:15 John was testifying all over about him and cried saying, "This is he of whom I said, 'He who is coming after me has come to be in front of me, for his rank is higher than mine.'"  TAT


John 1:16 For of that which filled him we all {have} obtained and grace for grace.   TAT


John 1:17 For the Law through Moses was given; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. TAT


John 1:18 No one has ever seen God; the only begotten (hoos monogenoús) Magistrate, Ruler, & Judge (Theos) who IS (presently) in the bosom of the Father, he unfolds Him. TAT


John 1:33 "Even I myself did not see and recognize him, but contrary (to my own natural perception), the one that dispatched me to immerse in water, the same one said to me, 'Upon whosoever you see, (and know from the past), the Spirit descending and remaining upon him, the same person he is that overwhelms and influences {you} with a morally blameless life.'"   TAT


John 7:37 But in the final day, the big festival, Jesus stood and called aloud, saying, "If any person thirsts, come toward me and imbibe.  TAT


John 7:38 He that trusts in me, just as the scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart a flowing current of drinkable, living water shall flow.'"  TAT


John 7:39 But this he spoke of the locality of the spirit, which they that entrust {themselves into the purpose of} him should take hold of; because {the} spirit did not yet exist because Jesus was not yet glorified.  TAT


John 14:16 And I will request the Father that he grant you a different (another of equal quality) one called to your side (to aid) existing for the purpose of accompanying you into the age.  TAT


John 7:17 {even} the spirit the truth, whom the inhabitants of this world, with its’ disposition {ungodly mindset}, cannot possibly take hold of, because it {the world} does not know or look closely enough (with an interest) to acknowledge him {the spirit of Jesus} and his purpose.   You recognize (are acquainted with and love) him because he is a person living near you always, and in the future will exist in you.  TAT


John 14:25 These things I have spoken to you while staying near (in proximity) to you.  TAT


John 14:26 But the one called alongside you, the morally blameless spirit, whom the Father will dispatch (on temporary errand) in the name (character, authority and reputation) of me, that one shall instruct (teach) you all manner of things (pertaining to the sum of all my teachings) and shall remind quietly, by hinting or suggesting to the one's own memory, (to aid in gaining a mental grasp; i.e. recollection; by implication to reward or punish), the whole of everything I have said to you.  TAT


John 14:27 A state of prevailing peace (quiet or tranquility; freedom from disturbance or agitation) I shall send forth (from myself) to you.  My prevailing peace I give to you; not in the {same} manner the world {with its disposition} gives, do I give unto you.  Don’t let your heart be stirred up, agitated or troubled nor {be} timid (afraid).  TAT


John 14:28 You have heard how I said to you, ‘I go away (out of sight) and {then} come toward you.  If you loved me (and continued doing so) {I} supposed you would {have been} cheerful, because I go from here toward the Father, because the Father is greater and more than my existence.  TAT


John 14:29 And now I have said it to you prior to it being generated (coming into existence), the result being that whenever it is generated (comes into existence) you might give credence to it {and} be firmly persuaded to entrust yourself to {it}.  TAT


John 15:26 As often and repeatedly as the one called alongside appears, whom I will dispatch (on temporary errand) to you from the immediate vicinity (i.e. – the presence of) the Father, {that is} the spirit, the truth, (the unveiled reality lying at the basis of and agreeing with an appearance of divine truth), who, being near to the Father, comes forth out of {Him} as the source.  That one shall bear witness concerning me (witness = one who, by his death, bears witness to the truth).  TAT


John 16:7 However, I recount the unconcealed truth to you; it is for your benefit {and} purpose I go away; because if, for any reason, I do not go away, the one called alongside will not come toward you.  However, provided I traverse (upward), I will dispatch him (on temporary errand) toward you.  TAT


John 16:13 But whenever that one, the spirit of unconcealed truth comes, {he} will lead you on the road {that leads} into the whole embodiment of unconcealed truth, because he shall not utter words at random {like someone who is} separated from {God} himself; on the contrary, as much as he hears {from God} (depending on the circumstances), he will lay forth; and he will announce (with intensity or repetition) to you things coming.  TAT


John 16:14 That one {the consecrated spirit} shall give esteem to {my} honorable position {with the Father}, for out of that which is mine, he shall take hold of, and make it known to you.  TAT


John 16:15 The whole {kingdom of believers}, as much as the Father holds (in His possession), they are mine; I said, ‘That thing {the parakletos}, through which things are channeled, he shall take hold of that which comes out of (from) me and make {it} known to you.  TAT


John 20:22 And this thing he said, emphasizing it, and laying it forth to them in a speech, "Get hold of a morally blameless life."  TAT


Acts 1:16 "Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the sacred (consecrated) spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas.  TAT


Acts 2:2 And unexpectedly there came out of the sky a loud noise exactly like the moving, forcible wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.  TAT


Acts 2:3 And they gazed at languages in distribution {among them} as though it were {like} fire {so unusual was it}, and it settled around each one of them.  TAT


Acts 2:4 And they were all wholly drenched in an undefiled spirit, and, as first in order, {in the church}, {they} commenced uttering (at random) words of a different kind {of} language, just as the spirit was giving them {the ability} to enunciate clearly.  TAT


Acts 2:33 "Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the consecrated spirit (toú Pneúmatos toú Hagíou) He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.  TAT


Acts 2:38 The Peter made known his thoughts saying to them, “Exercise your minds to think differently, (having sorrow and a change of heart toward God), and each one of you be immersed (submerged) in the authority and character of the name of Jesus (Joshua; Yah who saves) Christ (anointed & consecrated to serve), for the purpose of pardon for your sins, and you shall take hold of the gratuity (a gift given of one’s own free will) of the sacred (morally blameless) life (spirit).”  TAT


Acts 2:39 Therefore the pledge of divine assurance (promise) is for you and for your children and to all in distant places, as many as the Lord our God shall invite to Himself.  TAT


Acts 4:25 “That one, through the mouth of our father David, your servant and child, who, through an undefiled and consecrated life (Pneúmatos Hagíou), said, “For what reason do pagan nations gush forth in rage and peoples meditate on things that result in nothing?”   TAT


Acts 11:24 Because he was a good man and complete, having an undefiled life (spirit) and moral conviction…TAT


Acts 20:28 Give preeminent attention toward yourselves and the whole flock in whom the sanctified spirit {of Jesus} has placed you {to act} as a watchman over {it}; to shepherd the called out ones (i.e. – the church) of God, which he has acquired for himself through his own blood.  TAT


Roman 5:5 And this hope (anticipation) does not disgrace by making the face blush, because the affection of God is poured out of, while remaining in a place of rest in our hearts, {for the purpose of} being set apart for service through an undefiled life freely bestowed upon us.  TAT


Romans 8:9 But, you yourselves, your state of existence is not such that you remain in moral weakness; on the contrary, {you exist} in spiritual {strength; pneumati}; if believably, the Spirit (Pneuma) of God resides in you.  But if anyone does not continue holding to the spirit (pneuma) of Christ, he does not exist as belonging to Him (God). TAT


Romans 8:10 But if Christ is in you, {though} the former body is dead through the act of sin, yet the spirit (pneuma) is alive through equitable (just & right) character. TAT


Romans 8:11 But if the spirit (pneuma) of Him who roused up Jesus from a corpse, resides within you, He who roused up Christ from a corpse will also revitalize your mortal bodies through His Spirit (pneumatos) who occupies you as a place of settled residence. TAT


Romans 8:12 Certainly then, brethren, we are morally indebted, not to the flesh, to spend {our} existence living with a tendency towards the physical and moral weakness— TAT


Romans 8:13 Because if you live with a tendency towards the flesh, your expectation should be to die off; but if spiritually (pneumati) you are killing the habitual practices of the body, you will live.  TAT


Romans 8:14 For as many as are being led spiritually (pneumati) by God, these exist as sons of God.  TAT


Romans 8:15 For, just like you did in times past, you have NOT taken hold of a spirit (pneuma) of slavery by returning back to a former state, resulting in fear; but on the contrary, you have actively taken hold of a spirit (pneuma), to be placed as sons, {by} remaining in a position, in which we {are qualified to} call aloud, “MY Father!"  TAT


Romans 8:16 The spirit (pneuma) itself testifies jointly (i.e. - corroborating in union together by the use of concurrent evidence) with our spirit (pneumati) that we are children of God, TAT


Romans 8:19 For the intense anticipation of the original creation (of mankind) fully expects the disclosure of the sons of God.  TAT


Romans 8:20 For the original creation (of mankind) was subjected to moral depravity, not by coercion, but through the one {God} who placed it in a position of being subjected {to it}, {because He} desired that some good {would come of it}, having the expectation of obtaining {it}  TAT


Romans 8:21 also, because the original creation itself will be liberated and left unrestrained, to go as they please, away from the slavery of ruin into the legitimate moral freedom, {consistent with} the reputation of the children of God.  TAT


Romans 8:22 For we are aware that the whole original creation experiences a common calamity and experiences pain together simultaneously, sympathizing {with each other} in the expectation of relief from {the} suffering up to the present time.  TAT


Romans 8:23 And not merely this, but also ourselves, holding {as our} continued possession, the beginnings of the work of the spirit (pneumatos), even we ourselves, being squeezed and pressed by circumstances, sigh within ourselves (like persons in distress and affliction whose prayer is inaudible), watching for with full expectation {the} adoption (being legally placed) as sons; {to wit} riddance (deliverance; a setting free; as riddance from all adversity) of our whole {earthly, fleshly} body.  TAT


Romans 8:26 And in the same way the spirit (pneuma) helps by taking hold of the moral weakness in us, because we do not know precisely (as needed) what thing we should wish or pray for that is most important.  However, the spirit (pneuma) itself intercedes (acts as a mediator) for or in behalf of inaudible (impossible to hear) prayer, which cannot be expressed in words.  TAT


Romans 8:27 But the one who investigates the seat of the desires, feelings, affections, passions, and impulses, (of the heart or mind) sees, with perception, what the result of the mindset of the spirit (pneumatos) is, because, {coming} down from God, {he} meets and talks with {Him} on behalf and for the benefit and protection of the sanctified ones.  TAT


Romans 9:1 Truth (reality) I lay forth {to you} as {I} remain in a fixed position of rest in Christ (the anointed one); I do not attempt to deceive {you} by means of falsehood, {on the contrary} my conscience is backed up (established) with concurrent evidence, which is an undefiled life. TAT


Romans 14:17 Indeed the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking; on the contrary, {it is} equity of character and (joint) peace and {the kind of} calm delight {which is} derived from being in a relation of rest together stemming from a morally blameless life.  TAT


1 Corinthians 2:10 “But unto us the God has uncovered (disclosed) it (the hidden wisdom) through the spirit, because the (human) spirit inquires about (investigates) all things (pertaining to their quality), even the secret unrevealed purposes of God.  TAT


1 Corinthians 2:11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit within him?  In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  TAT


1 Corinthians 2:12 We have not taken hold of the spirit of the world, but rather, the spirit that has its origin proceeding out of or from God, in order that we may understand the things that have come forth from God, granted as a favor to us.  TAT


1 Corinthians 2:13 The things we speak, not in words taught by (natural) human wisdom but in words taught by the (human) spirit, judging spiritual things in connection with spiritual words.”  TAT


Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom you also, having a relationship of rest, after you heard with attentiveness, the discourse of truth, the good news of your deliverance, having also trusted, your life was authenticated by offering {yourself} for consecrated service; which is given as a security deposit of our possession, in anticipation of its full redemption and our complete acquiring of it--to the praise of His glory.  TAT


Ephesians 2:18 For through him {Jesus} (with his help) we both hold in our possession access to an audience with the Father, that has been granted to us by one in a position of high rank, whose aid and intervention comes {to us} in the authority (power) and under the influence of one spirit; one in whom we enjoy a relationship of rest.  TAT


Ephesians 4:30 And do not bring sorrow to the sanctified life, to the magistrate, in whom you remain in a fixed position of rest, preserved into a time of deliverance from the sting of death. TAT


Philippians 2:6 Who, coming into existence, in visible form, {while still} remaining quietly under God in a relationship of rest, {he} did not lead and command with official authority by {using it to} seize plunder for himself, {or in order} to exist in a state that seems similar in comparative rank, virtue, particular power, acquirement; accomplishment and condition to {that of} a God.  TAT


1 Thessalonians 1:5 For our good message did not come into you in merely a topical discourse, but also in strength by virtue of and in an undefiled life and in much confidence, in as much as you see what sort of men we have become among you for your sake.  TAT


1 Thessalonians 1:6 And you became imitators of us, and of the Master (Lord), having received the teaching in the midst of pressure with a great deal of joy, in a sanctified life.  TAT


1 Thessalonians 4:8 Consequently, the one that sets this aside is not rejecting man, but God and the one {Jesus} that gives his sanctified spirit to you.  TAT


1 Timothy 3:16 So then, by consenting to {my} desire, of great importance is the one initiated into the sacred mystery of well-directed external piety, that which is rendered apparent in relation to ones’ external (behavior), {being} regarded as just or innocent in {your} mental disposition, looked at (from your past actions) by messengers (pastors),{worthy}  to be heralded as a crier (of the gospel) in relation to foreign (non-Jewish) races, entrusted as {being} credible in relation to the inhabitants of the world, having repetitiously taken hold of a fixed position of dignity.  TAT


Titus 3:4-6 4 But when the exceptionally moral character of God our Savior was employed and His fondness for mankind became visible,   TAT


Titus 3:5 He saved us; not because the character or quality of our deeds was just and right.  On the contrary, feeling pity for us, His mercy was expressed (in adequate supply to fill the need we had) thru a spiritually cleansing rebirth and an inwardly renewed, undefiled life (that was qualitatively different from that of the past);


Titus 3:6 which He copiously poured out upon us thru Jesus Christ our Savior.  TAT


Hebrews 1:8-9 However, concerning the time for which the Son has been, as it were, appointed, (i. e. during which it will last)[1] He {God} says, “Your throne, exalted King (Jesus the Magistrate), will be completely established {as you move} into the age of majesty and ages that follow.  And in your kingdom, moral integrity is the royal baton, free of hypocrisy, without delay {it will be} setting {things} straight (with a just attitude).  You have delight in being and living a life that is pure, innocent, upright, and just and {you} detest contempt for {God’s} law; for this reason God (the Supreme Deity), your God, has consecrated you to the Messianic office by anointing you with the oil of extreme joy to share with your fellow-partakers.”   (TAT)


Hebrews 6:4  “… who have consciously tasted the heavenly gift (dooreás; gratuity) and have become sharers of an undefiled life (spirit)…” TAT


Hebrews 10:25 not deserting, or leaving behind the gathering together with the motive and the purpose of betraying one’s attachment to Jesus and to other believers, (i.e. - avoiding one’s own personal responsibility as part of the body of Christ).  TAT


 Hebrews 13:17 Be persuadable to the convincing arguments of those esteemed among you that lead the way; cease struggling {with them} because they keep themselves from becoming spiritually sluggish and unintelligent.  For the sake of your immortal souls, they gladly provide you with whatever explanation is necessary when it is demanded of them, without grumbling out loud, because this would be harmful to you.  TAT


1 Peter 3:8 – The end result of {the husband’s} precise aim is being of the same harmonious mind and intention {as his wife}, sympathetically feeling what she feels, loving {her} as a sister, compassionate, tenderhearted and humble-minded.  TAT


1 Peter 3:15 When the Master, the one who anoints {you}, {when he} separates {you from evil} in your hearts {by} consecrating {and} making {you} morally unblemished, {make certain you} are always prepared to plea with or apologize to all that ask you for a reason, regarding the confidence that is in you; yet {do this} accompanied with gentleness, humility and respect.  TAT


Jude 20 But you beloved, building yourselves upon (as a foundation) the more pure moral persuasion, moving toward superiority or preference for a morally blameless life. TAT


3 John 1:2 Beloved, my earnest desire for you, above all, is to help lead you by a direct path, in true and uncorrupted doctrine, just as your life is passing from one state to another, waxing strong in an expeditious journey.  TAT




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